It has been a few months since we launched our new "Progressions Based Reporting" features and the feedback from schools has been great. Now seems like a good time to reflect on some of the thinking behind the changes that we made and the benefits that we see for schools, teachers, parents and students.
The removal of National Standards was a great opportunity for schools to re-look at their reporting, tracking and learning programmes. Chris Hipkins, the Minister of Education spoke to the NZEALS conference in April and explained his desire to bring the focus of education in New Zealand back to the curriculum. Our curriculum is held in very high regard internationally and, as Minister Hipkins opined, we do not celebrate this fact as much as we should. With this in mind, the team at LINC-ED came up with five points that we wanted to address with our latest release to support schools to really honour our curriculum.
1. Broaden the curriculum, track progress based on the content of the document.
2. Show parents that learning is not linear and that children will be working on multiple goals and in different areas. Make the curriculum more visible to students and their families.
3. Avoid creating a tick box exercise or a race to get all the goals.
4. Provide for greater student agency.
5. Pedagogical - personalised teaching based on workshopping that is dynamic and acknowledges the reality of students working at different levels and with different focuses.
These five points guided our decision making as we build the technology to give schools more options about how they report and share learning. Here’s how we aligned these aims within the software.
1. We build a flexible way for schools to add and group goals to meet their own local curriculum. We also pre-populated all school sites with goal sets taken directly from the curriculum.
2. Our new radial progress tracking shows parents how their children are progressing and, crucially, what they need to work on next.
3. Students can ‘finish’ a level without ticking off all the goals. We track best fits at points in time so that progress can be graphed and so that school leaders can analyse data at a higher level to see where support can be targeted. Not all students will complete all goals!
4. Students can now select their own goals from the school's curriculum and share evidence against multiple goals so that they can show their progress.
5. Group goal setting and workshops/grouping allow teachers to plan and target teaching on the curriculum and the student’s current goals.
Read more about our latest release in our guide for leaders and teachers.